The South Peninsula Haven House Board of Directors have announced the 2018 Honorees to be celebrated at this year’s Women of Distinction dinner and auction. The honorees are Woman of Distinction, Linda Chamberlain; Woman of Wisdom, Daisy Lee Bitter, and Young Woman of Distinction, Chloe Pleznac. The women will be honored at an awards banquet at 5 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Alice’s Champagne Palace. Tickets are on sale at the Homer Bookstore and Haven House.
Chamberlain is a respected authority in the field of Adverse Childhood Experiences, family violence prevention, resilience, healing and prevention of vicarious trauma. She has shared her knowledge in trainings in local schools, Alaska villages and at statewide, national and international conferences. Chamberlain also runs sled dogs at her Howling Husky Homestead 15 miles out East End Road.
Bitter, 90, and a retired school teacher, is a community organizer, leader and volunteer for over 60 years. She helped start the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Kachemak Heritage Land Trust and Kachemak Bay Research Reserve to name a few. She has taught at Kachemak Bay Campus, written several books, and is often heard Saturday mornings on KBBI teaching everyone about Kachemak Bay natural history and biology.
Pleznac has demonstrated leadership in her school, community and workplace and has inspired her peers to follow her example. She is a peer educator at the REC Room and has presented at a number of statewide conferences. She enjoys music, including writing and singing her own songs, has volunteered for the Farmers Market and Homer Council on the Arts, is a KBBI radio host, and has organized, and presented, at Open Mic Night events at K-Bay Caffe.